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Resonance (Baen Book) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2005


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509127
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,400,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'

In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.

In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.

Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the international bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.

He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller, a number one bestselling travel book on Amazon US, a number one biography, travel and entertainment book on Amazon France and has spent over a year in Amazon UK's bestseller charts. His novelette, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award. And his novelette, Magical Crimes, was the number one bestselling free short story at Amazon UK in December 2011.

He's a director of the author-run publisher, Book View Cafe.

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An engaging read with interesting characters and intelligent action. This novel is among my most recommended! -- Bella Online

Dolley does a great job of pulling all the elements together to keep you reading. Highly recommended. -- SF Revu

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It is a lovely idea for a book, and Dolley has got the pacing pretty much right ... If he can keep on coming up with good novel ideas like this, he’ll produce some really spectacular books in the future. - Emerald City

...you get carried along thinking the story is going one way and off it veers in another direction. I don't know about you but I like being surprised by a story. I enjoy having an author keep me interested in the story and caring about the characters. Dolley does a great job of pulling all the elements together to keep you reading. Highly recommended. - SF Revu

An engaging read with interesting characters and intelligent action. This novel is among my most recommended! - BellaOnline

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most original new science fiction books I have ever read. In fact, as an inspired new take on a familiar SF idea it's original enough to stand comparison with "The Time Traveler's Wife" or "Memoirs of an Invisible Man."

Graham Smith is a thirtysomething loner who works as an office messenger in a government department in London. Most of his colleagues think he's deaf, retarded, or both: he hardly ever speaks and appears to have an obsessive-compulsive disorder. What they don't know is that this is how he deals with a universe which keeps changing around him. One month someone he knows will suddenly disappear and it will be as if they died years ago or were never even born. Six months later they might suddenly reappear, but could be in a different job, or be married to someone different to the spouse they had before - and it will seem to everyone except Graham that it's always been that way.

Buildings, colleagues, close relatives - all may be there one day and changed or gone the next. Graham thinks this means that any aspect of the universe might "unravel" at any moment. He has learnt at an early age that the best way to cope is to say as little as possible, keep to as regular a routine as he can, and carry notes which tell him where he lives and works so that he can find his way home or to the office in the altered universe should these details change around him.

Annalise Mercado has heard voices in her head since she was a small child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Dunnell on 18 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this book some years ago but bumped into it again here looking for a paperback version of "Shift". Dolley's books seem to be relatively low profile - and not to mention out of print in paperback. Good sci-fi authors are few and far between and discovering new ones that are worth reading is a real treat. I bought "Resonance" on a whim and boy, was I happy with it! It's exceedingly well written, well constructed and easy to follow despite being somewhat complicated. It's a real treat for any fan of sci-fi in general.

I am however disappointed that Dolley hasn't gained more attention since it's obvious that he has more talent than most high profile sci-fi authors currently publishing. I would respectfully like to suggest that Mr. Dolley get off his a** and write more books for us to enjoy. It would also be good if his publisher would do his/her job and promote his books and keep them in print.
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I came across Chris Dolley when looking for cheap reads on the Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed his account of moving to France - not at all the sort of "Moving to France" book you might expect - although elements of Peter Mayle type stuff (haven't actually read him) might emerge - found myself involved in a truly gripping detection story and was so sorry to finish it I immediately got on to the Kindle store to find more by him.

I loved this book - obviously totally different to the above - transports you to a whole different (but also actual) reallity. From the start you care about the characters - and then the characters become more complex .... a wonderful don't-put-down read for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jerryparr" on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found it to be fast moving and exciting, a thoroughly good read, I really couldn't put it down. Seeing the world through Graham Smith's eyes was intriguing and you could feel his confusion and anxiety.
In my opinion it would make a good film.
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It's different. The story keeps moving and there are a some interesting ideas in it. The end is a bit contrived, but then it would have to be and at least there is an end (rather than this being the first of a series).
The audio version, well, it could be better. The setting is London the hero is English, the reader is American an ha trouble pronouncing the hero's name.
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By Penumbra on 13 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Quite often an author has "the big idea" but unfortunately can't craft it into a story with a satisfactory conclusion so the book dwindles away to nothing leaving the reader totally unsatisfied. Dolley however, has come up with his big idea and written a decent book with a beginning, middle and end. The story is perhaps a bit too simple, but it cracks along and actually has a rewarding finale. Big ideas, likeable characters - although some of the minor players were very lightly sketched, and well written. One of the more enjoyable books (of the 44 books) I've read this year.
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